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by ashreena pillai
PETALING JAYA: National coach R. Puvaneswaran intends to use the SEAKF Karate Championships later this month to gauge their rivals’ strength for the December SEA Games in Myanmar.
The SEAKF meet will be held at Clark, Pampanga in the Philippines from April 16-21.
“This is a very important meet for us. Since it’s a regional karate meet, it will allow us to size up our competition for the SEA Games. It’s like a free pass for us to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of our rivals. It will give us a good idea on what to expect in Myanmar,” he said.
Puvaneswaran also said that the SEAKF meet was one of two crucial tournaments – the other is the Asian Championships in Dubai in September – for his exponents ahead of the SEA Games.
And he wants his charges to also take full advantage of the Dubai meet as it would be almost like a prelude to the SEA Games.
Puvaneswaran will be hoping for an improved performance from his charges after their positive showing at the K1 Slovenia World Cup in March, when they returned home with four bronzes – through Nisha Alagasan (women’s kumite below 55kg), Nur Eleena Malik (women’s kumite below 50kg,) S. Senthil Kumaran (men’s kumite below 75kg) and R. Govinash (men’s kumite below 60kg).
The coach is also counting on the back-up squad – comprising Senthil, Govinash, Thanaseelan (men’s kumite below 55kg), R. Sharmendran (men’s kumite below 67kg), J. Sharrma (men’s kumite below 75kg) – as well as youngsters P. Tarshyent (men’s kumite below 55kg) and Priya Shankari (women’s kumite below 48kg) – to step up their game.
Puvaneswaran warned his charges that much will be riding on their performances at the SEAKF meet as he would use it to map out his team selection for the Games.
“They did well at the World Cup last month. Hopefully, they can come up with another good performance this time. Everything has gone well during training and I’m confident we’ll be able to win a few gold medals in Pampanga,” he said.
“The tournament is the lowest-tier competition ... but that does not mean our exponents will have it easy. All I ask of them is to give it their best.”
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